By Sarah Boone, a member of the SkillCorps DR October 2015 team

We’ve been here at Aprendo for 4 days now. It has been such a great few days with the staff and the kids and we are already seeing progress. This morning, I got to spend time observing and working with one of the therapists and clients that I saw on the first day. I had already seen her again yesterday and saw her implementing some of the feedback and suggestions she has received from various team members during our session today. It was wonderful to see her implementing those things and to recognize the changes she saw in the client. At one point, I said “that’s awesome”, and she replied “I feel awesome”. I love that she is feeling more confident in her ability to teach these children. I also love the excitement that I see in the staff as they connect with the kids each day.

Personally, it has been great for me to experience this with the Global Autism Project. I have worked with other organizations internationally, some involved with children with Disabilities, some not, and sustainability has been a big question for me over the past few years. I was excited to get to volunteer with the Global Autism Project after learning more about their goal to make their work sustainable. I still have lots of questions still as there are never easy answers in this process, but it is very helpful to wrestle through some of these questions with an organization that is also trying to aim for sustainability.

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